Emirates News Agency – UAE Consul General meets New Jersey officials, builds strong business and cultural ties


NEW YORK, 18th March, 2022 (WAM) — The Consul General of the United Arab Emirates in New York, Amna Almheiri, has met with senior officials from the State of New Jersey to highlight trade and investment opportunities in the Emirates Arab Emirates and highlight the already strong commercial and cultural ties between the United Arab Emirates and New Jersey.

Earlier this week, the Consul General of the United Arab Emirates met with New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and senior leaders from Choose New Jersey, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey-Israel Commission. .

During the meetings, Almheiri stressed the importance of strong trade ties between New Jersey and the UAE, and how trade is a key driver of economic growth. In 2020, New Jersey exported over US$752 million worth of goods and services to the UAE, making it the seventh largest exporter to the UAE among the 50 states that year.

She also noted that the UAE has been the United States‘ largest trading partner in the entire Middle East and North Africa region for 13 consecutive years, with total two-way trade exceeding $23 billion in 2021. .

From agri-tech and healthcare to manufacturing and logistics, the UAE’s economic initiatives and infrastructure make it an ideal place to do business.

Almheiri said the historic Abraham Accords have also created new opportunities and are an important catalyst for further growth and prosperity.

The Consul General said: “From expanding commercial ties in many sectors to deepening engagement with New Jersey communities, the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and New Jersey is only growing. This are friendships like this that make the UAE’s bilateral partnership with the United States so vibrant and strong.”

During his visit to the Garden State, Almheiri also met with senior executives from AeroFarms, a New Jersey-based indoor vertical farming leader. Its wholly-owned subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates, AeroFarms AgX, has begun construction in Abu Dhabi of a state-of-the-art research center focused on the latest developments in indoor vertical farming, innovation and agri-technology. .

“It was an honor to welcome UAE Consul General Almheiri to Trenton yesterday on her first visit to New Jersey, especially as a fellow leader during Women’s History Month,” Way said. . “Our common desire to develop trade, tourism, cultural cooperation, etc. shows that there is a bright future between our state and the UAE.”

The UAE and New Jersey enjoy a long-standing friendship, exemplified by the support provided by UAE organizations following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Working closely with state officials and philanthropic organizations, the United Arab Emirates has become a partner in New Jersey’s recovery, helping dozens of schools in affected communities upgrade their facilities and computer equipment, sending United Arab Emirates volunteers in New Jersey to help clean up and remove debris in difficult areas. -affected areas and provide community soccer fields to storm-affected communities across the state.


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